The Goddard Lady Rocket softball team moved to a perfect 4-0 on the year with a 10-2, 10-6 sweep of the visiting West Las Vegas Lady Dons. The Rockets racked up 13 hits and played error-free in the opener and got a big lead and hung on with a lot of new faces in the lineup in the nightcap.
Game 1: Goddard 10 West Las Vegas 2
In the opener, the Lady Rockets played error free and got a complete game pitching performance from Jordan Rincon to win big 10-2. The Dons, who had swept the Rockets last year, gave up big innings in the second and the sixth which aided the big Rocket victory.
“They really surprised me,” said a happy coach katie Shanor. “They did better than I expected. I told them we have to be hitting all game long. I was surprised.”
The Rockets would get a single from Rincon in the opening inning which led to a run by Haydenn Allen who had got a single of her own. A two-base error by the outfielder on the Rincon single scored Allen and the Rockets were off and running.
The Lady Rockets would tack on four runs in the second inning with only two hits. Pinch runner Michelle James would score on a passed ball and Amber Aguilar would follow that with an RBI single that scored Hailey Heiling who had reached on a fielder’s choice. Rincon would come up big again with a 2-RBI double to make it 5-1 after two.
The Rocket D would hold the Dons to no runs in the next two innings while tacking on one in the third as PJ Vilareal would score on an error after leading off with a solid single. That run would chase the Lady Dons starter as the lead would remain 6-1 until the top of the fifth.
Coach Shanor was very pleased with her defense keeping the Dons at bay. “That’s what we focus on – defense. In practice, it’s defense. We have to be able to back up our pitcher.”
The Lady Dons would cut the lead to 6-2 thanks to a nice lead-off triple and a putout, but that would be it. The Rockets would break it open with four funs in the bottom of the sixth.
The Rockets would use four straight singles – from Villareal, Deja Ramirez, Heiling, and Alyssa Santilan – to put the pressure on the Lady Don defense. Villareal’s and Santilan’s hits led to RBIs while the other two runs came via an error and a fielder’s choice.
The Dons would get one on in the final inning, but a nice running catch by Amber Aguilar in left field would end the game with the Rockets up 10-2.
Heiling, Ramirez, Aguilar, and Rincon would all record 2 hits while Villareal went 3-for-4 to lead the Rocket offense.
Game 2: Goddard 10 West Las Vegas 6
In the nightcap, the Rockets – with numerous different players in the lineup – got off to a big 5-0 lead in the opening frame and then hung on in final two innings to gain the 10-6 win and the sweep.
In the top of the first inning, Ramirez made a great catch in center and throw to second for an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded as the hosts got out of a big jam.
The Rockets would rack up five funs and chase the Lady Dons starter early in the game. Abrieanna Guevara, who was 0-for-4 in the opener, led off with a single and motored all the way to third on an error. She would score one batter later. Alexis Ramirez, who was 0-for-3 in the opener hit a blast to left field to record a double and get an RBI to make it 2-0.
The Rockets would use an error and two bases-loaded walks to record three more runs and make it 5-0 after one. The hosts would stretch the lead to 6-0 in the second after Aguilar would hit a double and score on a passed ball.
The Lady Dons would get an RBI double in the top of the third and the Rockets would answer in their half of the inning to make it 7-1 after three. The Rockets would get an RBI single from Kristina Causas to score James who reached on an error.
Meanwhile, the Rockets were getting an effective performance on the mound from Jazmyn Prudencio. The junior would pitch into the sixth and record 7 strikeouts on the evening.
In the bottom of fifth, the Rockets would score three runs on only one hit to make it 10-1. The big hit was a 2-RBI double from Prudencio who helped her cause that brought in Causas who had walked and Villareal who had reached on an error.
The Rockets survived a late 5-run rally from the Dons in the last two innings as six hits and two walks. Rincon came in and wrapped up the save inducing two pop-ups to get the Rockets out of the jam and gain the sweep with the 10-6 win.
“We switched a lot of people up in that second game,” said Shanor. “We almost had a completely different infield so that just shows how strong we are with our numbers. Our ability to switch up those players (is key).”
The Rockets hope to keep the winning going as they travel to 6A Clovis for a doubleheader on Thursday.